Whether you’re travelling to the region or looking for a great venue for a couple of nights’ away while you relax on and off the golf course, we’ve got some great suggestions
The five-star Rockliffe Hall resort mixes on-course fun with off-course luxury.
The championship-hosting golf course, which has been a venue for the European Seniors Tour as well as some of the region’s biggest amateur and professional tournaments, is a golfing challenge which can test the very best players while remaining accessible for players of all abilities with a mixture of tee boxes available.
Off the course, the 61-bedroom five-star accommodation in the elegant Rockliffe Hall is perfect for those travelling to the North East or wanting to stay in ultimate luxury, while the award-winning Orangery restaurant and spa are the perfect places to relax following a day on the course.
Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington, DL2 2DU, tel 01325 729 999, www.rockliffehall.com
Alnmouth Golf Club
Overlooking Foxton Bay, an area of natural outstanding beauty on the Northumberland coast, Alnmouth Golf Club has a long and distinguished history, and is proud of its heritage as the fourth oldest club in England – established in 1869. Designed by HS Colt it is regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the North East, renowned for the condition of its greens and overall presentation. A Top 100 golf course in the UK, Alnmouth also has first-class practice facilities, a driving range and golf buggies for hire. Only 40 minutes drive from Newcastle, Alnmouth is easily accessed and visitors are always given a warm Northumbrian welcome. For those staying and playing, the 26-bed Dormy House within the clubhouse is designed to accommodate golfers with twin or single rooms with en-suite facilities while golf breaks can be organised to include a choice of the best courses in Northumberland.
Alnmouth Golf Club, Foxton Hall, Alnmouth, Northumberland, NE66 3BE, tel 01665 830 231, www.alnmouthgolfclub.com
Beamish Hall Hotel
The four-star Beamish Hall Country House Hotel brings together a stunning setting with luxury accommodation, and fantastic stay and play rates including golf at Beamish Park Golf Club. The 12th Century county house is set in 24 acres of rolling parkland on the borders of Co Durham and Tyne & Wear, and offers 42 bedrooms and a luxury apartment packed with character and charm. The Stables restaurant in the hotel offers fantastic local food, while the in-house brewery provides the bar offering. The neighbouring Beamish Park Golf Club, designed by Henry Cotton, is one of Durham’s best parkland layouts with tree-lined fairways and lush green fairways providing an enjoyable test of golf. Packages are available throughout the year – contact the hotel for more information.
Beamish Hall Country House Hotel, Beamish, Stanley, Co Durham DH9 0YB, tel 01207 233 733, www.beamish-hall.co.uk
The Ship Inn
Within walking distance of Close House – home of the North East’s only course in the UK & Ireland’s Top 100 and official venue of the 2017 British Masters on the European Tour – The Ship Inn, Wylam makes an excellent place to stay while tackling the Colt Course at Close House and the best courses in the Tyne Valley. With chef Paul Johnson, whose previous job was working alongside Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall, at the helm, this traditional British pub’s food is some of the best in the region. The emphasis is on locally sourced and seasonal food with a menu that changes regularly. Rooms are en-suite and the bar downstairs is a great place to share stories for your day on the course. A range of packages including golf at Close House are available – contact the pub for more information. The Ship Inn, Main Road, Wylam, NE41 8AQ, tel 01661 854 538, www.theshipinnwylam.co.uk
For those in search of guaranteed sunshine and golf a little further afield, Golf Escapes offers a wide range of tailored golfing holidays for people of all golfing abilities. The number of destinations on offer continues to grow and includes the best golfing resorts in Spain, Portugal, Italy and across Europe, some deals closer to home in the UK & Ireland, and long-haul options including South Africa, Mauritius and Dubai. The Golf Escapes team prides itself on having visited and tried out these resorts and courses to get first-hand experience and inside knowledge – ensuring they provide the best golfing getaways. Golf Escapes sends more than 10,000 golfers away each year to various parts of the world and the team has a reputation for unparalleled service and knowledge, and for creating great value holidays.